The image of the Celt is one of the most emotive in the European past, evoking pictures of warriors, feasts, and gentle saints and scholars. This comprehensive and fully-illustrated book, first published in 2006, re-appraises the archaeology of the Celtic-speaking areas of Britain and Ireland from the late fourth to the twelfth century AD, a period in which the Celts were a leading cultural force in northern Europe. Drawing on recent scientific advances, the book provides a new perspective on the economy, settlement, material culture, art and technological achievements of the early medieval Celts and re-examines their interaction with the Romans and Vikings. Including a full survey of artefacts and archaeological sites, from memorial stones to monasteries, this is essential reading for any student or scholar with an interest in Celtic archaeology, history or culture.Read more
- Only book to survey the archaeology of Britain and Ireland between c. AD 400 and 1200
- Comprehensive and highly illustrated (127 in total)
- Explores the art and artifacts of the early Celts and the material evidence for Christianity in Celtic lands
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"Thirty-one years ago, the first edition of this survey of eight centuries of Celtic experience in the British Isles was a very fine book. Now, the second edition, a thorough rewrite fully aware of numerous new discoveries and changed interpretations, is even better... It is certainly the easiest place to begin to comprehend this fascinating era.... Libraries of all levels would do well to add this to their collection." –ChoiceSee more reviews
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- Date Published: July 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521547406
- length: 422 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 189 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.75kg
- contains: 127 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: who were the Celts?
1. The Celtic world
4. Everyday Objects and Equipment
5. Industry and technology
6. Trade and communication
7. Clothes and jewellery
9. The Church
10. South-western Britain
12. Ireland and the Isle of Man
13. Southern Scotland and Northern England
14. Northern Scotland
Epilogue: the end of Celtic Britain and Ireland
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